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The Blueblack Hussar…

March 27, 2011

We’re very proud that THE DANDY HIGHWAYMAN – music legend and style icon ADAM ANT has been spotted wearing a Pimpernel Duellist Waistcoat and red Pocket Square! Here are a couple of screen shots taken from some videos of Adam wearing Pimpernel on stage (courtesy of Rob Golding Photographic).

Adam is famous for scores of hits including ‘Antmusic’, ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Prince Charming’. Here at Pimpernel we can’t wait for his new album- “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”- due to be released this year…


Pimpernel, the movie!

August 15, 2010

Pimpernel is proud to present our new short film, which aims to capture the essence of Pimpernel Clothing:

A bottle of Visualade…

July 10, 2010

Question: What do the Count of Monte Cristo, Sherlock Holmes, and the Wolfman have in common?

Answer: They all feature in the new Pimpernel Clothing Channel over on Youtube! Pimpernel has been merrily compiling a bevy of “Favourites”…. including all his best-loved period film trailers and music videos. And now feels his eyes are a little square. Ah, so many fun video clips, so little time- we hope you enjoy them!

Fragrance giveaway!

June 25, 2010

We’re very excited here about the launch of our new eau de toilette, Pimpernel Fragrance for Men!

Who better to craft this scent for us but the oldest perfume house in France? In the aromatic world of eighteenth century France, Jean de Galimard, Lord of Seranon, founded his perfumery and established himself as a supplier of fragrance to King Louis XV and his court at Versailles – known as ‘le cour parfumee‘.

You can read more about the history of le cour parfumee over at one of Pimpernel’s favourite blogs, Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide, where the lovely Lauren is also hosting a giveaway for us! One winner will be drawn to win a 100ml bottle of  Pimpernel Fragrance for Men,  in a period style glass bottle. (Two additional winners will receive 10% off on purchase of a bottle.)

To enter, head on over to Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide, and good luck!

Room at the top

June 16, 2010

Pimpernel popped down to London to visit the V&A the other day. You’ll no doubt be surprised to read that he walked straight past the Fashion galleries. Instead he made his way on up to the 3rd floor to the Theatre and Performance gallery. (This gallery opened last year, but Pimpernel travels by coach so it’s taken him a while to get there…).

There was one particular outfit that was on Pimpernel’s must-see list. Adam Ant (of New Wave 80s group Adam and the Ants) has always been a firm favourite of Pimpernel’s, for his music and his sense of style. (Is there one heroic historical look that Adam has left unworn? He’s been a Hussar, Pirate, Dandy Highwayman and the list goes on.) But it’s the outfit from Adam’s Prince Charming video that the V&A has on display. (And it was in good company, flanked by a spangled white catsuit of Mick Jagger’s and a colourful creation worn by Elton John.) The lighting was low- so please forgive the grainy photos (Mr. Gainsborough and his easel being Unavailable at short notice…)

Adam was responsible for the band’s style direction, and designed his own outfits:

I liked lots of rich textures and colours, loads of gold and silver – I made a lot of clothes myself: 18th-century men’s shirts are the sexiest shirts a man can wear.

(From here.)

Adam has also given all the band’s costumes to the V&A. A generous move indeed.

The first thing that struck Pimpernel was how well made the outfit looks. The V&A museum staff have also commented on how unusually well made it is for a stage costume. (Check out this interview with Adam about his costumes, which contains better shots of the pieces of the Prince Charming costume: )

The jacket has a beautiful shape- very broad and structured in the shoulder and nipped in at the waist (a perfect 1980s meets c.1780s!) with long tails that turn back on themselves. The shape of the standup collar and lapels frames the cravat to perfection.

Yes, so there’s touches of furnishing fabric and lurex. And those silver breeches! But they work. The look is a masterpiece of glam, with quirky little details- ribbons, rosettes, that patent blue belt, the Tricolore sash. And did you notice those amazing patent buckle boots?

A peck of pocket books

January 31, 2010

Just launched for sale on our website– our new leather goods!

We’ve designed our wallet (or “pocket book”) to be based on the look of original eighteenth century pocket books. (Important documents, deeds, bank bills, love letters would all have been safely stowed in a pocket book.) We’ve taken the original period design feature of the three point flap and tab on the outside. And once opened up, our pocket book maintains the period design of having two separate compartments.

But we’ve brought our version up to date a little: one hand-tooled compartment has been stitched to provide slots for those modern new-fangled credit card thingies. (And there’s a bigger recess behind to hold bank notes.) The other compartment is a supple tan leather coin pocket….

Our colour combination, scarlet lined with a contrasting pale green, may seem a modern colourway, but was actually a popular 18th century colour choice. (Yes, even that bright a scarlet! It is only age and use that has darkened a lot of the scarlet eighteenth century examples that remain. You can just see the scarlet ink-stained period original we have used as a prop in the top left corner of the shot below).

That same shot above shows our business card holder (or calling card holder, perhaps?). We’ve taken the external elements of the pocket book design, but inside (as you can see to the left) there’s a rigid recess to protect your cards which is lined with hand marbled paper.  The flap is lined in contrast green, and embossed in gilt with Pimpernel’s mark.Apart from leather pocket books, examples of eighteenth century pocket books remain which are made out of fabric and beautifully embroidered. Sometimes by the giver, to be given perhaps as a prized gift to loved ones, or perhaps purchased for important occasions such as housewarming or wedding gifts. (Ah, gift giving! With Valentine’s Day approaching, Pimpernel thinks a pocket book could be just the ticket…)

For more beautiful period examples of eighteenth century pocket books, both leather and fabric, check out the following links:

and a beautiful example embroidered by Marie Antoinette in the Temple prison:

Honorable mention

January 22, 2010

We’re thrilled that our Duellist waistcoat has been featured in a piece on the Huffington Post website!

At the time of writing this blog post, our clothing has been ranked No. 1 out of the items featured. Pimpernel is bursting with pride, and hopes he doesn’t burst right out of his own waistcoat…

Click here to view the article. And please feel free to exercise your democratic right to vote 🙂